How to Watch Super Bowl Online and Over-the-air
It’s that wonderful time of year again where chicken wing prices begin to soar, frogs start singing about beer, and some of the best athletes in the world gather to square off in the biggest football game of the year.
The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and boy is it going to be a great one!
This year the Super Bowl is turning the big 50; which means you should expect a lot of pageantry, a lot of symbolism, and lucky for us, some of the best football we’ve seen in decades. Facing off will be the Denver Broncos vs. the Carolina Panthers in what many are describing the old and the new guard of the NFL.
Now, if you prefer to spend your hard earned money on something other than an astronomically high cable bill, you might be wondering how you can watch the Super Bowl without a cable subscription. In years past, the Super Bowl has been a bit difficult to access; offering up only a few cable tv alternatives to viewers. But this year, I am happy to report, it’s never been easier.
This year’s Super Bowl broadcast honors goes to CBS; who have gone out of their way to make this game available to everyone. You will be able to catch Super Bowl 50 on your local CBS affiliate on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM ET.
Now here’s how you can watch Super Bowl 50 without cable:
Sometimes the old ways are best, and in this instance that statement has never been truer. The easiest way to watch the Super Bowl without cable is to purchase a simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna. With a modern HD OTA antenna, like the Leaf, you can get all of the major broadcast networks (CBS, ABC, etc…) in 1080i HD for free; minus the initial cost of the antenna.
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ii. Stream Online with CBS
This year the Super Bowl will stream on Live on CBS for free. Not every device on the market is supported, but since they cover all the major platforms, you should be good to go come game day.
So you can double check, here is a list of devices that CBS will be supporting: PC, tablet, smartphone, Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, & Windows 10 devices.
In addition, customers of Verizon will be able to stream the Super Bowl for free via the NFL Mobile app.
iii. NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass (overview article) is an online streaming service created by, you guessed it, the NFL. With NFL Game Pass you will easily be able to stream the Super Bowl, but there’s one catch: You have to wait until AFTER the game airs. Plus, you don’t get to watch all of the Super Bowl commercials that everyone will inevitably be talking about on Monday morning.
But, and this is a big but, there’s a lot more to NFL Game Pass than meets the eye. With Game Pass, you can watch every NFL from 2009 to present, you get access to NFL shows, stats, classic Super Bowls, and more. NFL Game Pass might not be your #1 go-to option here, but if you love football it’s worth looking into; especially with the impending Super Bowl.
One year subscription costs $99, but you can also give a free trial so it’s worth a look.
iv. (Bonus) Super Bowl 50 in Spanish on Sling TV
For the first time ever, ESPN Deportes will be airing Super Bowl 50 LIVE to Spanish-speaking fans (press release) via the Sling Latino package. Customers will have access to ESPN Deportes’ week-long Super Bowl coverage and can sign up now with their 7-day Free Trial.
Watching the Super Bowl Without Cable
Regardless of your viewing choice, rest assured that whatever you pick will still be better than relying on cable to give you the sports you love. After all, why pay hundreds of dollars a month for something you could watch for free? It doesn’t make sense, but cutting the cord does.
What are your Super Bowl Picks this year? Broncos or Panthers! Sound off in the comment below or send us a tweet!